Find information for parents about vaccines available from the Health Department through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program.
Find resources to help make sure your kids stay on the CDC-recommended vaccination schedule for children (birth through 18) to help keep them safe and healthy.
Child Immunization Appointments at HCHD
Howard County experienced a significant decrease in the number of routine childhood vaccines given from 2019 to 2020, including vaccines for highly contagious diseases like measles and pertussis.
The Health Department will offer "catch-up" immunization opportunities throughout the month of June for kids who are not up-to-date on school-required Tdap, MCV4, and Varicella vaccinations. Recommended HPV vaccinations also available. Any child 12+ who receives "catch-up" immunizations at the Health Department also guaranteed a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination appointment.
- When: Thursday afternoons in June, 1:00p - 3:30p
- Where: Parking lot of the Ascend One Building
- 8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045
- Appointments required: Call 410-313-7500 to pre-register.
- Please bring your child's immunization records.
- Can't make it to the Health Department? Childhood Immunizations will be offered at select COVID-19 Vaccination clinics located throughout the County. Find a list of clinics here.
School Immunization Requirements
Howard County Health Department offers immunizations through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program to eligible children through 18 years of age who meet the following criteria:
- No Health Insurance
- Medical Assistance
- Health Insurance that doesn’t cover vaccines
Private health insurance is not accepted at this time. Children with private health insurance should schedule immunization appointments with their primary care provider.
However, if you are not able to get an appointment with your healthcare provider in a timely manner, you are still able to have your children vaccinated at the Health Department. Parents pay only for the cost of the vaccine and an administration fee, after which, the receipt may be submitted to the insurance company for a refund.
Call 410-313-7500 for more information and to make an appointment.
You MUST bring the child's immunization record. A parent or guardian must accompany the children to the clinic appointment.
Child Immunization Information
- DTaP protects against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus(lockjaw).
- IPV protects against polio (can cause paralysis of the arms and legs).
- MMR protects against measles, mumps and rubella.
- HEPATITIS B and HEPATITIS A protects against Hepatitis B or Hepatitis A which can cause liver damage.
- VARIVAX protects against chickenpox.
- HIB protects against Haemphilus Influenza B which causes brain infections and brain damage.
- PREVNAR(PCV7) protects against respiratory and ear infections, as well as pneumonia.
- ROTAVIRUS protects your baby from severe diarrhea.
CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that pre-teens get several vaccines at their 11 or 12 year old check-up.
- Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap)
- Meningococcal (meningitis) conjugate vaccine (MCV4)
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardisil 9 (Available to boys and girls)
- Menigococcal B
These vaccines prevent serious, sometimes life-threatening diseases. Immunity from some childhood vaccines can decrease over time, so people need to get another dose of the vaccine during their pre-teen years. Also, as children move into adolescence, they are at greater risk of catching certain diseases, like meningitis and HPV. If your child did not get these vaccines at age 11 or 12, schedule an appointment to get them now.
- CDC Adult Immunization schedule (includes information on recommended vaccinations for college-bound adults and recommended adult boosters.
- CDC “14 Diseases You Almost Forgot About (Thanks to Vaccines)”
- CDC “Making the Vaccine Decision: Addressing Common Concerns”